Is your house slowly turning into your very own storage facility - struggling to find the sofa?
Whether you’re living on your own and just can’t help the frequent shopping spree; or your family is driving you crazy with their things dotted about across the house; or you have your own business with just no space to put your stock, then think no more. A storage facility might be the solution you are looking for.
Not only will a storage facility declutter your home, but it will provide you with peace of mind knowing that all of your belongings are in a safe space. If you’ve already thought about using a storage facility then great, you’ve come to the right place. Now, you might be thinking...
“But which storage facility should I pick?”
Well, that’s what we’re here to tell you so that you can pick the right storage facility for you.
Tip #1 Security is key
If you think all you need in a storage facility is 24 hour CCTV…
CCTV is not enough to keep your perishable goods safe. In addition to CCTV, a 24 hour manned site will provide you with peace of mind, knowing that if anything goes wrong with the CCTV, someone is there to keep an eye out for you. Most storage facilities provide this, but it is
worth having a browse on some websites to check which you feel is the most secure.
Things to look out for are:
- 24 hour CCTV
- 24/7 manned site
- Secure site in a secure area
Tip #2 Figure out how much space you need
Whether you have very few items such as tools to store, or a vehicle that is taking up space outside of your house, then there is a size unit that fits all. No matter how big or small the items are you’re wanting to store, great relief will come from knowing that they are in a suitable space away from your busy day to day life. Sizes usually vary from 35 sq ft to 300 sq ft, so you can store from as little as some tools to something big like the contents of a 2 bed house and a car.
We’d recommend you make a list of all of the things you want to store and see which size storage unit you think you’ll need by checking our size chart. From there, you can browse local storage facility websites and see which you think has the best size unit at the best price for you.
Tip #3 Check costs and how much you’re willing to pay
Storage units come at reasonable costs, and your sanity is worth the price. Don’t let your messy house drive you insane - check out the prices of storage units, they come in a range of prices depending on what you are wanting to store.
Some storage facilities might also be able to offer you a good deal, particularly if you are wanting to store items in a larger unit or on a long term basis. However, what may seem like a good deal might not actually be one. It’s always worth seeing what deals can be provided for you from each of the storage unit companies you are looking at, then you really know you are getting more for your money. It’s always good practice to be careful with deals too. Whereas one company may offer you a weekly deal, another might offer a monthly deal, so it’s worth seeing which actually saves you more money - every penny counts!
Tip #4 See what is convenient for you
Storage facilities are a growing trend, which means there are sites dotted all over the UK. That said, you can easily find a storage facility that’s near you so that you can move your belongings into your unit with ease and visit your belongings in no time. In Leeds, there are already more than a handful of storage facilities so it is worth having a browse.
Tip #5 Get a storage facility that has good accessibility for you
You might be used to accessing your belongings day in day out, especially if you find yourself tripping over them on your way out of the house to work. If you want to keep up the daily access without a potential sprained ankle, then a storage facility can do that for you. Most storage facilities allow you to visit your unit any time you like, without permission or assistance from a member of staff. With that, your storage unit effectively becomes your second home where you can come and go as you please.
Tip #6 See what help is available
By this point you might be accustomed to the idea of using a storage facility, but one thing you might be thinking is ‘How do I get all of my belongings there?”. Well, there are removal services available for hire that can help you ship your belongings off to your storage facility. Plus, some storage facilities also have fork lift trucks to help with any heave maneuvers.
Tip #7 Check out any additional amenities
There are other things to consider when choosing your storage facility including; do you have to purchase your own lock?; do you have to pay a deposit?; what about insurance?; where do I get my packing materials from? Most storage facilities can help you with all of your questions and often provide these materials for you with an additional cost. It’s worth having a shop around to see what deal you can get, as all of these things are vital to secure storage.
Tip #8 Do your research
Take your time to shop around so that you can find the right storage facility for you. We recommend doing the following:
- Make a list of all of the things you need to store
- Browse the internet for local storage facilities
- Look on social media platforms to see what storage units have a good track record
- Speak to family and friends to see if they have any recommendations
- Make a pro/con list of all of the storage facilities you find to come to your decision
We hope that each of these tips has helped you to understand the benefits of storing at a storage facility to free up your home, and what you should look out for in a storage facility. If you need any more advice please feel free to get in touch.